Freddie Mac BorrowSmart Program – Who’s Eligible?
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Published on January 18, 2023

Freddie Mac BorrowSmart Program – Who’s Eligible?

One of the largest obstacles to buying a home is the down payment. Most loan programs require at least 3% down to ensure you have money invested in the house and the bank isn’t taking all the risk.

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However, saving for a down payment can be hard. If you have the income and credit to qualify for a mortgage but struggle to save the down payment, the Freddie Mac BorrowSmart program may help you own a home sooner.

What is Freddie Mac BorrowSmart?

Freddie Mac BorrowSmart is a down payment assistance program for very low to low-income borrowers. Depending on their income, borrowers can get up to $2,500 in down payment or closing cost assistance.

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How Much can you Get?

The amount of down payment assistance you can get depends on your location and income as follows:

  • Borrowers with income 50% of the area’s median income may get up to $2,500 in assistance
  • Borrowers with income higher than 50% but lower than 80% of the area’s median income can get up to $1,250 in assistance
  • Borrowers with income higher than 80% of the area’s median income but less than 100% can get up to $1,000 in assistance

Who Qualifies?

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To qualify for the Freddie Mac BorrowSmart program, you must meet the following:

  • The home must be a primary residence
  • The property must be located in an area that allows BorrowSmart
  • All borrowers must undergo HUD counseling at their expense

Other Qualifications

In addition to the above qualifications, the following borrower requirements must be met:

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  • Borrowers must make a 3% down payment
    The funds can come entirely from the BorrowSmart credit. However, if the credit isn’t enough to cover the 3%, the remaining funds must come from the borrower.
  • Borrowers need a 620 credit score
    The 620 credit score is to qualify borrowers for conventional financing with Freddie Mac. Lenders use all borrowers’ lowest middle credit scores to determine the qualifying credit
    score.
  • Average debt-to-income ratio
    Most lenders require a DTI of no more than 50% for the BorrowSmart program, but it can vary by lender. Ideally, have your debts paid down, so your percentage of committed debts
    to income is low enough to make you eligible for the loan program.
  • You can have owned a home before
    Unlike other homebuyer assistance programs, you don’t have to be a first-time homebuyer for the Freddie Mac BorrowSmart program. You can have owned a home before, but if you
    need assistance with the down payment and your income qualifies, you may be eligible.

Final Thoughts

The Freddie Mac BorrowSmart program increases your purchase power when you qualify to buy a home but don’t have enough money saved.

If you live in a BorrowSmart eligible state and your income falls within limits for your area, you can get help to have enough money to buy a home rather than making you wait. In today’s competitive environment, the BorrowSmart program can give you a leg up and help you buy a home faster while using conventional financing programs.

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